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National Judicial Reporting Program, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Judicial Reporting Program Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
arrests; assault; auto theft; burglary; case processing; convictions (law); counties; demographic characteristics; drug law offenses; felony courts; felony offenses; homicide; larceny; manslaughter; murder; rape; robbery; sentencing; state courts
  • Abstract

    This data collection tabulates the number of persons convicted of felonies in state courts and describes the sentences these individuals received. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 100 counties of the United States. Sociodemographic information includes age, race, and sex of felon. Types of offenses committed include homicide, rape, and robbery. Adjudication variables referring to the process between arrest and sentencing are also a part of this dataset. Data can be analyzed on a national level or by the individual counties.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986
  • 1987-02 / 1987-12
    Collection date: 1987-02--1987-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Sentenced felons in the United States.
A two-stage stratified cluster sampling design was employed. At the first stage all counties in the nation were divided into six strata. At the second stage, a systematic sample of felons sentenced for murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, felony larceny/motor vehicle theft, drug trafficking, and other offenses was selected from each county's official records.
2011-03-08 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.1997-05-16 SAS data definition statements are now available for this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9073 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09073.v1
  • Walker-Hassett, Connie, Lateano, Thomas, Di Benedetto, Michael. Do female sex offenders receive preferential treatment in criminal charging and sentencing?. Justice System Journal.35, (1), 62-86.2014.
    • ID: 10.1080/0098261X.2013.868278 (DOI)
  • Lim, Claire S.H., Snyder, James M., Jr., Str√∂mberg, David. The judge, the politician, and the press: Newspaper coverage and criminal sentencing across electoral systems. Cornell University, . 2012.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Freeborn, Beth Anne. An Equilibrium Search Model of the Retail Cocaine Market and Drug Law Enforcement. Dissertation, University of Virginia. 2006.
  • Choi, KyuBeom. The Effects of Actual Punishment Levels on Perceptions of Punishment: A Multi-Level Approach. Dissertation, Florida State University. 2005.
  • Bowers, David A., Jr.. Giving people what they want: An exploratory analysis of felony sentencing in 49 states. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.22, (128), 119-130.1998.
    • ID: 10.1080/01924036.1998.9678612 (DOI)
  • Langan, Patrick A., Farrington, David P.. Crime and Justice in the United States and England and Wales, 1981-96. NCJ 169284, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Benedict, William Reed, Huff-Corzine, Lin. Return to the scene of the punishment: Recidivism of adult male property offenders on felony probation, 1986-1989. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.34, (2), 237-252.1997.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427897034002004 (DOI)
  • Cohen, Jacqueline, Nagin, Daniel S., Wasserman, Lawrence. Drug Offenders: How Bad Are They? Final Report. NCJ 152205, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1994.
  • Bowers, David A., Jr., Waltman, Jerold L.. Do more conservative states impose harsher felony sentences? An exploratory analysis of 32 states. Criminal Justice Review.18, (1), 61-70.1993.
    • ID: 10.1177/073401689301800106 (DOI)
  • Lynch, James P.. A cross-national comparison of the length of custodial sentences for serious crimes. Justice Quarterly.10, (4), 639-660.1993.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829300092051 (DOI)
  • Farrington, David P., Langan, Patrick A.. Changes in crime and punishment in England and America in the 1980's. Justice Quarterly.9, (1), 5-46.1992.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829200091241 (DOI)
  • Cunniff, Mark A., Shilton, Mary K.. Variations on Felony Probation: Persons Under Supervision in 32 Urban and Suburban Counties. NCJ 129490, Washington, DC: National Association of Criminal Justice Planners. 1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Dawson, John M.. Felons Sentenced to Probation in State Courts, 1986. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1990.
  • Langan, Patrick A., Dawson, John M.. Profile of Felons Convicted in State Courts, 1986. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1990.
  • Lynch, James P.. A Cross-national Comparison of the Length of Sentences for Serious Crimes. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.Denver, CO. 1990.
  • Langan, Patrick A.. Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1986. Bulletin.NCJ 115210, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1989.
  • Lim, Claire S. H., Snyder, James M., Jr.. Elections and Government Accountability: Evidence from the Courts. . .
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1989): National Judicial Reporting Program, 1986. Archival Version. National Judicial Reporting Program Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.